Pentium 200 MHz
32 Mb RAM
Minimum 70Mb Hard Disk Space
8x CD ROM Drive
I was expecting "major" problems with this install according to all my readings and research. I experienced none. I have no answer for you as to why "Dreamcatcher" has put the infamous "heehee-this-one-ain't-gonna-work-either-!" label on this game. That said, let's get started.
First let's take a look at the "General Drill"
The General Drill
updated printable version
Whenever I start a new game, especially an "older one"; I have always made it a habit to make sure my system is clean. (So let's clean house) Our cleaning products?? No, I'm not talking about special Orange Sprays or Pine smelly disinfectants! I'm referring to the "3 Musketeers" of WINTEL Systems. They are: "Disk Clean Up", Check Disc (the old Scan Disc in pre XP Windows based systems) and Defrag.
First, Let's do a Disk Clean Up (Don't know how?) Go to-->Start-->All Programs--> Accessories--> System Tools-->Disk Clean Up. Empty out what you don't need ( you'll be surprised at what you can accumulate!) Shut down all extra programs. (for those of you who know how to do this part...just skip onto the next area of the "Setup".) For those of you who don't, the easiest way to terminate your TSRs (terminated but staying resident programs, also known as background applications") is to right click on each of the little icons in the lower right portion of your "Tool Bar" (located near your clock), As you right click on each of them you will get the option to either "exit", "close" or "unload". Do this for each of them. Then, if you have a Screensaver go ahead and disable it.
If you haven't done the "Ole' Scan Disk"...(in XP it's called "Check Disk") and Defragged recently here is a good time to do it. Go to-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" ("C" is mine but your Local Disc maybe assigned another letter)-->Right Click-->Properties-->Tools-->"Check Now..." ->Make sure that both boxes are checked--> 1.)Automatically fix file system errors and 2.)Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.-->Click Start. You can follow this same path to locate your Defrag program as well or use Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Defrag Hard Drive.
Check your system by doing a "Ctrl, Alt & Delete", this will bring up "The Task Manager", If you have closed out all Windows Programs, the field under "Applications" will be blank.
(Leave the field marked "Processes" alone. Yep, I know there are lots of interesting files in there...but your really better off not touching anything in there unless you really know just what you are doing.)
You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the video at the 3rd notch from the right -->and audio should be set to 1 notch to the left (I find that this is the best setting for this adventure on MY system. Yours may be different, but this is always a good place to start and you can increase or lower them as you see fit after the game is installed.)
I know this seems like a bother, but if you take the time to make sure your system is sparkling on the inside, you'll have less headaches later. Remember a healthy XP is a happy one.
Next comes any patches that might be available to the game. If there a few, you may need them all or only one, this will depend on your system. But I recommend that you download all of them just to have them handy.
Before I installed this Game, I did get the patch but haven't had the need for it yet. AtlantisII.exe . This maybe because I have the version 18.104.22.168 which seems to be the same as the patch.
So far, basically, this game was plug and play for me. I did nothing more than Insert the CD into my Default CD DRIVE and let the "auto install" do the work.
Note: I've noticed that some of you are having difficulty with this game, especially those of you who may have an earlier version. You may want to have a lookie see over here: Compatibility Support From Microsoft. Geez Louise, who knew ?
Note: If you are getting the error message that you "Disk is Full" but you just know hat you have a 60Gig Hard Drive and have only used 19Gig! Follow the steps for the original Atlantis: The Lost Tales regarding the installation and Phillips.exe program
Note: Still having problems with changing CD's? Try changing your Compatibility to Windows2000 or Windows95 and also check the last two boxes.
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